Get the inside scoop with local tips
Our love for Baltimore is big, and we adore sharing that excitement with our guests — whether first-time visitors or returning seasoned pros. Our hotel’s sincere and knowledgeable staff members enjoy nothing more than passing on their personal recommendations and locals’ insider tips.
We’ll point you in the direction of the city’s freshest crab cake, tastiest beer, most alluring art exhibit, and hottest happenings while you’re here. Our team is also happy to assist with airport transportation, rental cars, restaurant reservations, or other concierge services before or during your stay. What are you waiting for? Ask away. Stop by the front desk, email Front.Office@monaco-baltimore.com, or call 1-443-692-6761.
(Aside from our own award-winning B&O American Brasserie...) Maisy’s is a welcoming neighborhood gem that’s great for lunch, dinner, or happy hour. We also love David & Dad’s Café, a casual counter-service spot serving a huge menu of breakfast and lunch items. Forno is a warm, comfortable spot specializing in brick oven pizza and handmade pasta. For a little more upscale Italian experience, try Sotto Sopra for fine Italian cuisine in an elegant setting. Puerto 511 is known for their fresh and authentic Peruvian menu. Locals rave about the delicious Turkish fare at Cazbar, where you can also catch belly dancing shows on weekends.
Woodberry Kitchen, for sublime farm-to-table cuisine in a serene, rustic setting.
There are many great family-owned restaurants in Little Italy, but our favorite is Sabatino’s; it’s less than a mile from our hotel.
The Baltimore Visitor Center is your one-stop-shop for tours, harbor cruises, and attractions, including the National Park Service’s guided walking tours of historic neighborhoods that run from April to early November. They’re located just 5 blocks from our hotel, at 401 Light Street, and open 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
If you're a beer enthusiast, be sure to check out some of the many Baltimore breweries with City Brew Tours.
The National Aquarium is an easy half-mile stroll away. Just walk south two blocks, turn left on East Pratt Street, and continue 4 blocks along the harbor. The aquarium will be on your right.
The Baltimore Museum of Art presents an internationally renowned collection of prints, drawings, and photographs as well as the Cone Collection of modern art, featuring works by Matisse, Picasso, Pissarro, Courbet, and Degas. The exceptional American Visionary Art Museum will blow your mind with outsider art (bonus: their café, Encantada, serves inspired, seasonal fare that leans vegetarian). A visit to the B&O Railroad Museum, a family favorite, is the perfect complement to your stay here at our hotel, housed in the former B&O Railroad headquarters.
Just 5 blocks from our hotel, Power Plant Live! is a hub of nightlife and entertainment, including live music, dancing, games, and sports viewing. The Prime Rib (a mile away) is a sophisticated and romantic spot where you can enjoy the piano bar while indulging in an excellent steak. For a more casual night out, head to Fells Point where you’ll find Cat’s Eye Pub and The Horse You Came In On Saloon, both hosting live bands seven days a week.
Head to Federal Hill, on the south side of the harbor, to experience the city’s best bar hopping and sample fare by some of Baltimore’s top chefs (go casual at Kippo Ramen or Ekiben, or splash out at Thames Street Oyster House). Harbor East is a charming, upscale area where you’ll find arthouse flicks at the Landmark Theater, bowling for adults at Mustang Alley’s (families should check out Patterson Bowling Center), and fine dining at Charleston, one of Baltimore’s top restaurants. Looking for a real local experience, a la John Waters? Head a little further afield to Hampden, for secondhand stores and hipster boutiques, murals and parks, funky bars and on-trend eats.